AHOLD, Zaandam, The Netherlands, said it has filed a $3-billion shelf registration statement for administrative purposes only with the Securities and Exchange Commission on behalf of itself and Ahold Finance USA, the financial arm of its U.S. affiliate. "If we decide to finance a future acquisition by issuing new stock, then doing the shelf registration in advance means we've done half the work," an Ahold spokesman told SN last week. "We always like to have a shelf filing for a certain ...

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